Palo Alto will swear in a new postmaster on Friday, Aug. 19, after a 14-month vacancy, the United States Postal Service has announced.
Diana Liang, former postmaster of Millbrae and South San Francisco, will be sworn in at noon at the Palo Alto Main Post Office, 2085 East Bayshore Road. Ravi Bainiwal, manager of post office operations, will administer the official oath of office.
As postmaster, Liang will manage all operations in Palo Alto, which has 103 city routes with 43,833 delivery residential business addresses and 12,870 post office boxes. She will manage 191 employees who process and deliver an average of 120,000 pieces of mail daily, according to the Postal Service.
"In a world of increasing digital communication, it is important that mail keeps pace and remains viable. I will work hard to ensure that we provide excellent service for the residents and businesses in the Palo Alto community," she said in a statement.
Liang's appointment follows a tradition dating to 1892 when John F. Parkinson became the first postmaster of Palo Alto, according to the Postal Service. She started her career with the Postal Service in 1998 as a distribution window clerk in Pacifica. She graduated from the Associate Supervisor Program in 2002 and was assigned to the San Francisco International Service Center as a supervisor of distribution operations.
In 2004, she worked as an operation support specialist. She was promoted as superintendent of accountable paper depository at the San Francisco Processing and Distribution Center in 2008, after which she took on the postmaster roles.
Liang lives in Millbrae with her husband, Gilbert, and their two children, Jessica and Oscar. She graduated from Chong Qing University of Medical Science and was a physician in China for a year before immigrating to the U.S. She volunteers at the Millbrae Elementary School PTA and is a member of North Peninsula Mandarin School. She enjoys skiing and hiking, according to the announcement.
Liang replaces Dean Maeda, who was promoted to postmaster of San Mateo.